Initial Descent: November 5 – 11, 2017

Vitriol
Vitriol – courtesy of Charlotte Gane

Darkness falls way too early now and it feels as though there’s not enough time to get anything done. Yea, I’m complaining a bit but honestly I hate the time change. But on the plus side, this is the time of year I always seem to revisit some of my favorite frostbitten and grim metal albums but also revel in finding new favorites as well. And with that let’s get to it. Leading us off this week is the astounding Pain Will Define Their Death EP from death metallers Vitriol and believe me when I say these three tracks WILL turn your head, Cloak offer up their charred and extremely addictive take on heavy metal with debut To Venomous DepthsSomnuri also offer up a great full length debut with Somnuri which is sludgy, noisy, heavy and forward thinking — hard to pin down but fun to try, and Swedeath torch runners Under the Church return with their second full length Supernatural Punishment which, astoundingly, bests their ridiculously good debut. Well, I’m off to see Primitive Man and life is good. Dive in and stick around for awhile, there is much to explore… Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 29 – November 4, 2017

Throne of Heresy
Throne of Heresy

That chill in the air signifies the landscape surrounding us has begun its slow progression towards death. It also means that you need to sharpen your fire making skills because seriously, there’s nothing better than a crisp night under the stars with thought provoking metal and a roaring fire. With that, let’s begin: grim, frostbitten, technical and majestic all describe the black metal found on Throne of Heresy’s third full length Decameron, the heavy metal freight train that is Sweden’s Ram continues to barrel mightily down the tracks on Rod, on third full length and Colin Marston produced IAO 269 death metallers Corpse Garden show a new, outstanding, experimental side we’ve yet to hear and putting the final squeeze on this Halloween season is Autumns Eyes with their Type O Negative vibed Ending Life Slowly — dark, gloomy, goth tinged with a pinch of melodic death metal equates to a ton of fun here. Cozy up with us by this amazing fire we started (with lighter fluid, shhh – our secret) and explore all that this week has to offer… Continue reading

Interview: Vitriol on Identity, Originality and Bearing the Torch for Extreme Metal

Vitriol
Vitriol – courtesy of Charlotte Gane
I’m seeing more and more coverage for Oregon’s Vitriol and honestly I couldn’t be happier. My first exposure to this barbarically brutish death / extreme metal band was through their “Victim” video — within the first minute I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was savage in its sound, relentless in its pace and ultra-technical in its construction but the standout was in how much of the death metal I came to know and love long ago was contained in these few minutes: gritty, violent and absolutely true to the genre. Pain Will Define Their Death sees its release next week and within the three songs contained, the exact same can be said for all. We’ve featured them in a recent Profile and in our Monday morning playlists, today we are proud to feature them in a band and album focused interview that is extremely enlightening on things such as, but not limited to, band identity, originality and bearing the torch for death and extreme metal. Carve out some time to see what they had to say… Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 22 – 28, 2017

all pigs must die band photo
All Pigs Must Die

Last one of these before Halloween. So, who are you parading around town as? I’m going as myself, straight from work. Should be fun. Get your horror movies on this weekend people, seriously. I tip my hat to all of you that I see on social media getting it done — handful of nights left to go, DO NOT let us down. Anyway, lots of metal here on Initial Descent this week: All Pigs Must Die place a nasty drillbit made of hardcore squarely in the temple on Hostage AnimalBlut Aus Nord slice the rib cage wide open with a machete of black metal on Deus Salutis MeaeDeathCrawl peels the skin back painfully slow with sludgy fingertips on Acceptable Level of Misery and Mendacium severs limbs then uses them to beat the blackened dead to a pulp on Decimating Titans. Sounds fun right? Of course it does. But that’s not all, we have much more fun lying in wait. Head inside and see for yourself — you never know what might be lurking around the corner… Continue reading

Premier: Moonlight Prophecy – “Escape the Ruins”

Moonlight Prophecy - Vanquished

Power / thrash metallers Moonlight Prophecy have announced November 10 as the release date for their debut full length Vanquished which comes mere months on the heels of their EP Eternal Oblivion. And today we have a premiere of “Escape the Ruins” which is a picture perfect jump off point to acquaint yourself with the band at their best. Speeding locomotive thrash meets towering vocals and the epic arrangements of power metal packed tightly in just over four minutes. Enough spoilers though, head inside to hear the track and for more details. Continue reading